A fine Great War Home Service, Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and Royal Marines Meritorious Service Medal group awarded to Colour Sergeant A. Shaw, Royal Marine Light Infantry, who saw service from 1885 through to 1919, and during the 1890’s was aboard the armoured cruiser Imperieuse on the China Station and the Immortalite in the Pacific, and during 1904 to 1906 was aboard the sloop Cadmus on both the Australia and China Stations. He was awarded the ‘Annuity’ award of the Royal Marines Meritorious Service Medal on 24th April 1943.
British War Medal named to CH.3646 CR. SGT. A. SHAW. R.M.L.I. Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Victoria narrow suspension, named to ALFRED SHAW. SERGT. NO.3646 CHAT. R.M.L.I. Royal Marines Meritorious Service Medal, GVI 1st type bust named to CH.3646. A. SHAW. CLR. SGT. R.M. 24-4-43.
Alfred Shaw was born on 17th March 1868 in Bethnal Green, London, and then enlisted into the Royal Marines Light Infantry at London on 17th April 1885, joining as a Private (No.Ch.3646) the Chatham Division. On completion of his training he was posted to ‘E’ Company, and then saw service afloat aboard Hibernia from December 1886 to December 1887, and aboard Gannet from December 1887 to November 1888, Humber in November 1888, and then back to the Chatham Division on 30th November 1888. Embarked on Grasshoppper during July to September 1889, Asia in March to May 1890, and the armoured cruiser Imperieuse in February 1891 to June 1894, he saw service aboard her on the China Station. Promoted to Lance Corporal whilst with the Chatham Division on 2nd October 1894, to Corporal on 13th March 1895, and appointed to Lance Sergeant joining Immortalite on 19th November 1895, he was present with her in the Pacific, and at Japan when she fired a salute in Nagasaki Harbour to honour Queen Victoria’s 81st birthday on 24th May 1897. Promoted to Sergeant on 26th March 1898, Shaw was posted back to the Chatham Division in April 1898. Posted to Jupiter in October 1898, he saw service with the Channel Fleet through to July 1901, and having been awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 28th April 1901, then joined Immortalite again for the month of July 1901 during the naval review. Posted to the sloop Cadmus in April 1904, he saw service with her on the Australia Station, and then on the China Station, and then transferred to Argonaut in August 1906, before returning to the Chatham Division in September 1906. Promoted to Colour Sergeant on 27th October 1906, Shaw was discharged on 10th May 1907. Enrolling in the Royal Fleet Reserve he attended some bouts of annual training, and with the outbreak of the Great War he was recalled to the Chatham Division on 2nd August 1914 as a Colour Sergeant. Posted to the shore establishment Ganges on 5th February 1915, he rejoined the Chatham Division on 13th June 1917, and then joined the base ship Actaeon at Portsmouth on 22nd August 1917, before rejoining the Chatham Division on 15th April 1919 and being demobilised and discharged on 15th May 1919. Shaw was subsequently awarded the ‘Annuity’ award of the Royal Marines Meritorious Service Medal on 24th April 1943, and latterly resided in Stratford, London. Confirmed as his full entitlement.